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Design Director Mens & Boys Athletic Shoes
Professional Summary : Invoking emotion through relevant innovation. Highly passionate and innovative footwear design lead with over 14 years experience designing global product lines in a broad scope of athletics including, running, walking, training, seasonal, basketball, cleated, sportswear, and lifestyle.
New Balance BB82
Warrior Burn 4
Design Director Mens & Boys Athletic Shoes : ES Originals, Inc. - New York, NY [ April 2013 - Present ] -Direct all design and development of mens and boys footwear product under the Avia, AND1, Starter, and Tredsafe brands. -Responsible for the organization and creation of all standards and processes used to manage a cohesive corporate footwear design department. -Highly effective at orchestrating the implementation of cross category initiatives for global and domestic brands. -Proven success at creating short and long term strategic line plans, across multiple brands, that drive increased sales and brand awareness. -Regularly travel throughout Asia to oversee R&D departments and champion valued sourcing relationships. -Highly effective at envisioning and creating verbal and visual presentations that cultivate the future direction and strategies for athletic brands. -Proficient at creating and managing timelines for market research, domestic travel, concept development, international travel, sample creation, sample delivery, and preproduction. -Responsible for envisioning new market opportunities that are cost effective as well as manufacturable. -Successfully analyze the competitive landscape to create product briefing for designer allocation and execution. -Lead, mentor, and inspire the mens and boys footwear design department throughout the seasonal design process. -Highly effective at organizing robust and dynamic workloads, for multiple reports, under strict seasonal deadlines. -Responsible for inter-divisional budgetary directives and goals. Designer II, Warrior Sports I New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. - Lawrence, MA [ April 2008 - 2013] -Manage all principal aspects of footwear design and development from beginning to end. -Highly organized and competent at project management as well as task delegation. -Proven success in creating cross category design and trend strategies to be implemented across all Warrior Sports global design departments. -Comprehensive assessment of product briefs for design execution and resource allocation. -Continuously engaged in market research, consumer insights, personal product testing, as well as professional laboratory testing. -Proficient in developing brand savy market relevant technological platforms for cross category implementation. -Highly experienced in executing technical specifications for high volume manufacturing within fixed time lines. -Effective at envisioning and creating highly comprehensive verbal and visual design presentations for corporate validation. -Proven success at managing international travel to oversee product line completion for pre-manufacturing deadlines and sales sample delivery. Designer I, Training and Team Sports I New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. - Lawrence, MA [ April 2005 - April 2008 ] -Creating product design strategies and executing footwear designs with a primary focus on trail running, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and training. -Demonstrate highly effective 2D and 3D visualization skills for concept consideration and corporate validation. -Proven success designing innovative trend relevant styles for key accounts resulting in two million plus pair programs. -Proficient at design execution while maintaining New Balance brand specific initiatives -Effective at cross category collaboration to successfully implement corporate innovation platforms into product lines. -Excell at adapting and executing designs for exterior categories during times of resource depletion. Industrial Designer I American Dryer Corporation - Fall River, MA [ March 2002 - April 2005 ] -Acted as the primary industrial designer and design liaison between ADC and the KitchenAid Corporation. -Dynamically problem solve and provide aesthetic solutions through the use of hand done renderings, computer modeling, and on site model making. -Design and develop entire product lines while continuously considering fixed cost and manufacturing challenges. -Manage rapid prototyping as well as manifest effective and efficient solutions for the domestic manufacturing process. -Organize cross corporation transparency for design and development projects between ADC and KitchenAid via video conference, live meetings, and domestic travel. Contract Designer I Proteus Design - Boston, MA [ Winter 2002 ] -In-house industrial design consultant in the home goods and packaging industry. -Establish deliverable design solutions for client packaging, and retail merchandising systems resulting in enhanced brand exposure and higher product sell though. -Provide creative solutions through 2D visualization for high profile client validation in the home goods industry. -Create hand crafted full scale deliverable models for professional testing of ergonomics, user experience, and product functionality. Structural Design Intern I Proteus Design - Boston, MA [ May - August 2000 ] -Design and visualize packaging solutions to aid in-house lead designers via hand sketches and renderings. -Complete deliverable CAD drawings for retail merchandising systems pre-production. -Aid in custom construction of deliverable models for client validation Education BFA Industrial Design I Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY [ May, 2001 ] AAS, Graphic Design I Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY [ May, 2001 ] Skills [ MAC & PC ] - Cocreate Solid Designer - Cocreate ME10 - Rhino 3D - Final Cut Pro - Adobe Photoshop - Adobe Illustrator - Quark X Press - MicroStation CAD - Vellum CAD - Microsoft Office [ 2D & 3D ] - Research - Ideation - Creative problem solving - Sketching - Rendering - Technical drawing - 3D modeling - Model making - Rapid prototyping [ Footwear Specific ] - Strategic line planning - Trend assessment and projection - Maintain brand integrity through design - Build cross category innovation platforms - Cross category collaboration - Pullover evaluation and pattern revision - Technical packet execution - Design and development team coordination - International travel - Professional product testing - Ergonomic evaluation Achievements Awarded SHAPE Magazine "Best Training Shoe" award I NB [ Spring 2008 ] Awarded an A+ in SOLE Collector magazine hoops review 2006 for BB8025 basketball shoe I NB [ Winter 2005 ] Dean's List I RIT [ 1997-2001 ] Academic All-American I US Collegiate Ski Association [ Winter 1998 ]